Monday, 15 December 2008

Home Made Vanilla Extract


I would have never ever thought of making Home made vanilla Extract, I didn't even know we coulf make them at home, untill Bee @ Jugalbandi told me that I should make vanilla extract at home when I had mentioned to her I brought back 75 vanilla beans back from my trip to India.

So one late september sunny afternoon , I made them and it has been sitting in a dark place till now. It looks and smell fabulous. I still have not used them.
I don't remember from were I got the recipe, i do remember that it was written after two months you can add 2 tbsp of dark rum so that it gives a darker colour to the essence, which I didn't do.
So thankyou Bee for giving me this wonderful idea for making homemade vanilla essence.




Ingridients:
350 ml vodka
3 vanilla beans (edited a year later, when i made them again i added 2 more vanilla beans plus I split the vanilla beans when i add to the bottle)
glass jar

Split the vanilla beans in half.
Put vanilla beans in a bottle with a tight fitting lid .Pour the vodka to it.
Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer.
You can keep topping off with vodka once in a while as you use it, just remember to give it a good shake.
This is my entry for my event. There is 5 more days to send in your entries.
If ou want to see what has been send for this event just go here and see till now I have got so much wonderful homemade gifts.
If you want to join here are the info.
I am sending this to purva's Christmas Feast Event

58 comments:

kat said...

What a great idea, I just need to figure out where to get vanilla beans in bulk

Divya Kudua said...

Such a wonderful idea of making home made vanilla extract..I guess Vanilla beans are available in Kerala??

Meera said...

Wow!! That's really cool...I never knew that you can make vanilla extract at home. Thanks for sharing.

sunita said...

what a great idea...thanks :-)

Tina said...

Wow....great idea.

Kalai said...

Awesome! I had no idea you could do this! :)

Snooky doodle said...

what a great idea. Vanilla beans are so expensive. :( However I can afford 3 :) Thanks

Purva Desai said...

wow! I just picked up one bottle of Vanilla Extract to bake brownies...Have bookmarked this recipe for future reference...
Thanks for sharing...

Feel free to participate in Christmas Feast Event

Cham said...

I never thought vanilla extract can be made at home, so it is soaked in alcohol :) Very thoughtful gift!

AnuSriram said...

What a beautiful idea! I never thought of making that at home.... This seems easy to make...

Priya said...

Never thought of making vanilla extract at home...wonderful idea..

Varsha Vipins said...

happyy..thats sooo cool.i liked the presentation too..I dont see u nowadays in my blog..busy??

Maria said...

I've always wanted to make this!!

Laavanya said...

Wow.. that must be just amazing.. can't wait to see the baked goods you use this in.

meeso said...

I would have never thought to make this at home, but It's a great idea... If I had known sooner, I would have made it as a Christmas gift!

Swapna said...

I never knew that we can make vanilla extract at home......and its so easy to make...thanks for sharing :)

Gloria said...

I think this is absolutely nice!! Love vanilla!!! Gloria

Peter M said...

Happy, you're very resourceful and this is a helpful tip for many of us.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is so cool. Nice idea. So good...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow.. awesome girl. never thought of making vannila extract at home. hmm i wish i cud participate in your homemade christmas event. but believe me i haven't made any sweets or baked any cake in a while...

anudivya said...

What a cool idea, but those beans are very expensive... :(

sowmya said...

wow..you made vanilla extract at home...so wonderful...

TBC said...

Love the smell of vanilla. You made the extract at home! That is so cool.:)

Soma said...

I have not heard of this being to be able to make at home! How wonderful!

Rachel said...

I can imagine the wonderful aroma...

Rajesh &Shankari said...

Yum..home made vanilla extract. I will post my lil gift idea soon.

Nags said...

so simple! and i thoroughly enjoyed your indian trip post. cant believe you got vanilla beans from munnar! that's so cool!! will try to get some the next time i go home.

Divya.M said...

great idea.....nice try

SriLekha said...

well packed and good recipe!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats so cool! This is very interesting and new to me,thanks for sharing!

Darius T. Williams said...

Wow - such a great idea...especially if you're getting them in bulk!

Darius T. Williams said...

Wow - such a great idea...especially if you're getting them in bulk!

Maria said...

Happy Cook what a fantastic idea!

Maria
x

Divya Kudua said...
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romaspace said...

Omigawd! Never knew we can make vanilla extract at home. Thanks for enlightening us!

Wish I was the recipient of this gift :-)

Shaheen said...

Since I made vanilla extract of my own, I can't fathom how I ever used the bottled crap before! Nothing's better than real vanilla! I'm getting a batch of vanilla beans next week from a friend who has a farm in Kerela. Can't wait! :D

The Blonde Duck said...

How cool! I could never do that!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That is awesome and what a great gif idea! It looks so beautiful!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

OMG, you made your own VE?!?!! thats wonderful!!!!!!!! the color looks perfect

Sharmi said...

waw that's so good! can you send me a small bottle pls:)

Usha said...

That is so cool, never would have thought about making vanilla extract at home, awesome :-)

DEESHA said...

wow .. I too had never thought og making this at home

Arfi Binsted said...

what a lovely gift in a beautiful jar. happy holiday and merry Christmas, Happy.

Navita said...

Wow...love vanilla....have been making it since the last few times...but i hate to give it away...lol...i put them in my chocolate martini...something I saw on a food channel.:)
Like ur bottle too!

Sunshinemom said...

Great idea for gifting! I use my vanilla beans directly but like your idea.

Pravs said...

Oh, this is really great..didn;t know it was so easy to make.

sra said...

This is a revelation to me! Is alcohol usually used to make the extract or is this just this particular recipe? And shouldn't it be called vanilla vodka? :-)

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

HC

I have my vanilla extract on since about three years now. However I use artisanal Rum as alcohol (I like the caramel taste it imparts at the same time)

Happy cook said...

Thankyo all for your wonderful coments. Even i was sirprised that we could make them at home.

Divya I got the vanila beans from Munnar in Kerala

Sra even the extract we buy from shops are made with alchol. Atleast when wemake at home we know we are using the best alchol which is there.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow vanilla extract at home. Gr8.

Asha said...

How wonderful! Vanilla Vodka, sounds like Christmas already! Hahaha!! Looks gorgeous. Here, they also bury the dry vanilla pods in sugar bowl so sugar smells divine, love it.

Have a wonderful Christmas and new year in advance with your beloved family, F. Have a great time, I will see you next year. Good luck to S. Hugs and kisses to you! :))

Mallika said...

I had no idea vodka went in vanilla essence! What a great idea to make your own vanilla essence...

Khaugiri said...

What an idea…! I will definitely try this …….

Madhuram said...

First of all, I never knew vanilla beans was available in India and second I didn't even have a clue that vanilla extract can be made at home. Thanks to Bee and you as well for letting us know. Where in India do you get it? Is it cheaper there?

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

What a great idea!

Aparna said...

Isn't this a wonderful way to use up your stock of vanilla beans?
I'm sure this vanilla extract can beat any other hands down. Do give us a feedback of how it compares with the stuff in the stores.
I haven't forgotten my promise. You'll have my mail with my home-made gifts today.:)

Kevin said...

Making your own sounds good. it certainly is expensive to buy.

Madhumathi said...

I never knew that one can make vanilla extract at home..The glass jar is so b'ful.I too bought few pods of vanilla from munnar last year.They are expensive.i just put them in my wardrobe for its fragrance :)